Awdrie McFadyen of Dauphin Manitoba passed away on March 29, 2019 at the age of 87 years in the Ste. Rose General Hospital. Awdrie was born January 18, 1932 to Lorne and Ena (Harvie) McFadyen in Boissevain, Manitoba, the second oldest of 9 children. He moved to Winnipeg to complete the Agricultural Program at the University of Manitoba, graduating in 1952.
In 1958, he married the love of his life, Mabel Lorraine Houston, and they enjoyed over 60 wonderful years of marriage. In 1960 Awdrie began his career as an Auto Body Technician in Dauphin and went on to become a Journeyman working at Dennison, Murdock, and Martin Motors. However, his love for his family and strong faith in his God Jehovah defined who he really was as a person. Awdrie served as an Elder in the Dauphin Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses for many decades and was well known in the community as someone who was always willing to lend a helping hand, especially spiritually. In this role, he also officiated over many wedding ceremonies and funerals. A real focus of his life was speaking with others about his love for God and sharing the wonderful hope for the future of living forever on earth under God’s Kingdom rule, where no one will ever face death again.
He taught by example how to be a loving husband and father and passed on a legacy of love to his grandchildren. His love of creation led him to enjoy things like hiking and canoeing. You could be assured he always kept the bird feeders in the yard well stocked and received much pleasure from watching their antics each day. He loved gardening and caring for the yard. His love of travel allowed he and his wife to explore Canada and 17 other countries around the world.
Awdrie is survived by his devoted wife, Mabel, son David and daughter-in-law Carla, grandson’s Kurtis and wife Natasha, Luke and wife Ashley, and great-grandchildren Shayla and Finn. He also leaves behind his brother Harvie, sister Carole Paradis and husband Marcel, brother Ray and wife Carmon, brother Brant and wife Diane, brother Dan, sisters-in-law Flora Ann and Sharon and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, his sister Barbara Ratcliffe, and brothers Cameron and Darryl.
A Memorial Service was held on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. at the Sneath-Strilchuk Family Care Centre, with Todd Gabler officiating.
Should friends so desire, donations in memory of Awdrie may be made to a charity of one's choice.